BPSU - Application Process

We briefly outline the process for applying for a BPSU study and the contributions. First, an applicant submits an initial application to the BPSU Scientific Committee. If approved, the applicant then presents a more detailed application, including the research questionnaire and public information leaflet. 

For full guidance, please consult the BPSU study application handbook.

Phase 1

Phase 1 is the submission of an initial application to the BPSU Scientific Committee.

The application must show that the study fits the BPSU eligibility criteria.

Note: The BPSU Scientific Committee expects submission of Phase 2 application within six months of Phase 1 approval. If a Phase 2 application is not forthcoming, the BPSU Office will contact the principal investigator to discuss removing the submission from the application process. The BPSU office will give the principal investigator the opportunity to make a formal Phase 2 application before any further action is taken.

Phase 2

If the Phase 1 application is approved by the Committee, a more detailed Phase 2 application should be completed.

The research questionnaire and public information leaflet should also be submitted to the Scientific Committee at this time.

Post phase 2

If the Phase 2 application is approved, REC and CAG-HRA approval should be obtained and the IG toolkit completed.

Note: Once a Phase 2 application has been accepted, the SC expects the study to commence surveillance within 12 months of Chair’s approval. If surveillance has not commenced in 12 months of Chair’s approval the BPSU Office will contact the principal investigator to discuss the application and the reasons for the delay. If a satisfactory response is not elucidated, the BPSU reserves the right to revoke its Phase 2 approval and the study team will be invited to ‘re-submit’ a Phase 1 application.

For more information, see Resources for investigators

Application process

Contributions

The current contributions for running a study through the BPSU is £15,000 for the first year (13 months) and £8,500 a year for subsequent years.*

The charge includes the cost of producing the protocol card (approx £500). Further costs may be applicable for additional printing or work.

* Please note that that for those studies supported by commercial organisation, those applications will be charged at a rate equivalent to the full economic cost of running the study.

Application submission dates

Phase 1 and 2 applications need to be submitted no later than four weeks before a BPSU Scientific Committee meeting. These are the dates for future meetings.

 Meeting dates

Draft submission for review by scientific coordinator and medical advisor

 Final submission deadline

 1 February 2018

 5 January 2018

 17 January 2018

 29 March 2018

 8 March 2018

 15 March 2018

 23 May 2018

 2 May 2018

 9 May 2018

 11 July 2018

 20 June 2018

 27 June 2018

 26 September 2018

 5 September 2018

 12 September 2018

 15 November 2018

 25 October 2018

 1 November 2018

How to apply

If you would like further information or to apply to run a study, please contact us.